Ed McBain's latest installment in the 87th Precinct series finds the detectives stumped by a serial killer who doesn't fit the profile. A blind violinist taking a smoke break, a cosmetics sales rep cooking an omelet in her own kitchen, a college professor trudging home from class, a priest contemplating retirement in the rectory garden, an old woman out walking her dog-these are the seemingly random targets shot twice in the face.
But most serial killers don't use guns. Most serial killers don't strike five times in two weeks. And most serial killers' prey share something more than being over fifty years of age. Now it falls to Detective Steve Carella and his colleagues in the 87th Precinct to find out what-or whom-the victims had in common before another body is found. With trademark wit and sizzling dialogue, McBain unravels a mystery and examines the dreams we chase in the darkening hours before the fiddlers have fled.
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by Ed McBain
"This latest in McBain's 87th Precinct series is possibly his last, as he died last fall. This time the detectives are challenged by a serial killer who fails to follow any of the established psychological profiles. Charles Stransky's variety of New York accents adds just the right flavor to the story. As the detectives, he conveys a no-nonsense directness. When portraying the other characters, his delivery of the multiple accents of the New York City melting pot enhances the story, whether the character is male or female. His interpretation of the killer is disturbingly benign, a characteristic that gives listeners the intended chill and keeps them involved to the end. S.K.P. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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